Rare Rothschild’s giraffe birth at Chester zoo on Boxing Day

Calf, which is yet to be sexed or called, is one of most threatened subspecies of giraffe, with fewer than 1,600 in wild

A rare and endangered Rothschilds giraffe has been born at Chester zoo.

Keepers said the 1.82 -metre( 6ft) calf, which is yet to be sexed or appointed, arrived to first-time father Tula and father Meru at about 7am on Boxing Day and was up on its feet just minutes later.

Rothschilds giraffes are one of the most endangered subspecies of giraffe and one of countries around the world most at-risk species. Calculates advocate fewer than 1,600 remain in the wildernes, primarily as a result of poaching and habitat loss.

Sarah Roffe, squad director of giraffes at the zoo, said: Rothschilds giraffes are highly menaced and so the advent of a new calf is a major cause for occasion. It really is the best Christmas gift we could have ever have wished for. Shortly after being born, the calf was up on its hoofs within times, which was really pleasing to see.

When it gets a little more used to its long leg it will be introduced to the rest of the herd but, for now, his very important that mum and calf waste a few days together impressing up those early bonds.

Just 90,000 giraffes exist in the wild far fewer than the endangered African elephant. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature changed the swine status from of least headache to vulnerable this month. Giraffes are also rejecting because of civil unrest in the African countries where they live.

Roffe said: This iconic species is often overlooked in Africa and, sadly, Rothschilds giraffes are suffering a silent extinction. They are quite under threat in the wild, so its vital that our new calf enables us to hurl a spotlight on this amazing species. Hopefully, our not-so-little newcomer can generate more awareness of the huge distress that Rothschilds giraffes face in the wild.

In the past 45 years the population of the Rothchilds giraffes in Kidepo Valley national park in Uganda, where they were once found in large numbers, has decreased by more than 90%.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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